Gifts That Give
(In More Ways Than One!)
What’s the best way to be merry and bright this holiday season? By giving a gift that brings a smile to more than just those on the receiving end!
This gift guide isn’t any ol’ gift guide because it’s full of items specifically from eco- and socially-conscious brands. You’ll be supporting great companies like those giving back to important causes or creating environmentally friendly alternatives and more! It’s the gift that keeps on giving. So wrap up a present that has the power to bring joy to many this holiday season, and get ready to cross everyone off your shopping list:
The Hygge Homebody
Stray and Wander: Blankets
These blankets are for the coziest person you know. All of Stray and Wander’s products are fair trade and made from ethically sourced materials. They work with women’s cooperatives, family-run businesses and individual artisans around the world. Now there’s a mission we can wrap our minds around!
Preloved: Repurposed Sweaters
Stay warm, body and heart, with a sweater from Preloved. Over the course of twenty years, this Toronto-based company has prevented more than 1,000,000 sweaters from ending up in landfills. Preloved repurposes old fabrics and transforms them into cozy clothing you can love again and again.
Cherry Bombe: Magazine Subscription
A subscription to Cherry Bombe is a treat for any voracious reader. This beautiful, bi-annual magazine feels more like a luxurious coffee table book that wants to be proudly displayed at home. Cherry Bombe supports, promotes and shares the stories of women in the culinary industry. If you know someone who loves reading about food as much as they love eating it, let their eyes feast on this!
Milk Jar: Candles
Nothing says hygge like a room aglow in candlelight. Milk Jar produces clean burning soy candles that are free of paraffins (aka, petroleum). They also donate $1 from every candle sold to a local charity in their home of Alberta, helping their community shine a little brighter.
The Foodie Fanatic
//Skid: Wooden Chef’s Knife
Claiming to have made the first wooden chef’s knife, //Skid is definitely the most eco friendly option for those who love to cook. A //Skid knife is predominantly made of wood and uses just a small strip of steel for the blade. Manufacturing a single knife produces only 67 grams of CO2 — a significant decrease from the 2133 grams of carbon dioxide it takes to make a standard chef’s knife! That’s certainly one way to sharpen your knife skills.
Studio Patro: Tea Towels
For the practical gift-giver in you, wrap up something that you know they’ll use — like tea towels! Studio Patro’s linen towels are all sustainably made using ecologically friendly water-based inks. They’re also dedicated to supporting their community by working with local screeners and sewers to make these beautiful, handprinted towels.
Grounds and Hounds: Coffee
We all know a home-stay barista who loves their coffee. Go beyond a regular bag of coffee beans with a Grounds and Hounds coffee kit. Not only is this coffee fair trade and organic, but the company gives 20% of all proceeds to innovative animal rescue programs. That’s some strong coffee!
Joya: Gift Box
For the foodie in your life that just can’t get enough, gift them a holiday box from Joya. Customize the perfect box by choosing which products to fill it with, from a selection of elevated superfood nut butters and chocolates to flavour-forward functional elixir blends and teas. There’s no better way to fuel a foodie. Get a gift box from Yorkville Village’s UpMarket: The Holiday Edit from December 6-8 & December 20-24th.
The Eco-Conscious Explorer
For the person you know who’s always on the move, give them a backpack from STATE. Their bags are stylish and functional while also serving a greater purpose. For every bag purchased, STATE hand-delivers a backpack filled with school essentials to a child in need. That’s one bag that’s got their back.
Final Straw: Re-useable Straw
Not all who wander are lost. And even if they are, they could still use a drink. Final Straw makes reusable and collapsible straws to raise awareness of the devastating ecological impact of plastic. When folded up, their compact size makes it easy to take them on the go. Now those who wander can quench their thirst and save the world all at the same time.
The Lost Explorer: Travel
The Lost Explorer strives to reconnect people with nature while producing products that reduce waste and support the environment. This mission extends to their bespoke travel services. Let them help you to plan the perfect trip where nature is at the core of the experience. Surprise someone you love with an adventure like no other, whether it be deserts or mountains, jungles or snow. Go far and tread lightly.
(Photo by Ivana Cajina)
Modo: Eco Sunglasses
A traveller can do just about anything with a good pair of sunglasses — so get them a pair that does a lot, too. Not only is Modo’s Eco eyewear line made out of sustainable castor seeds, but they give back by planting trees (1.5 million to date!). Modo also participates in Buy A Frame — Help A Child See to help provide eye exams, treatment and education to children in need. The future is bright when you’re wearing Modo.
The Fitness Fiend
que Bottle: Collapsible Water Bottle
que’s innovative and collapsible design makes it easy to take this water bottle on the go. Not only does having a reusable water bottle reduce plastic usage, but que donates a portion of their sales to non-profits fighting to preserve natural resources.
Girlfriend Collective: Active Wear
Who knew that going to the gym or yoga studio could be healthy for Earth, too? Girlfriend Collective makes their fitness wear out of plastic bottles, transforming recycled bottles into fabric that is both soft and durable. We also love that their portrayal of beautiful women is so real, celebrating the natural physical differences personified by all women. Slow fashion is making fast change!
The House of Marley: Headphones
Amp up your fellow gym rat’s workout with a pair of House of Marley headphones. They come in everything from earbuds to wireless, on-ear headphones to portable speakers to fit in with any gym routine. As an additional perk, The House of Marley dedicates part of their profit to re-forestry projects.
Wanderlust x Manduka eKO: Yoga Mat
Give the best yoga stretch of someone’s life. Wanderlust and Manduka eKO have partnered up to create the WAN(DER)LUST x Manduka eKO SuperLite travel yoga mat. 20% of sales go towards the Global Fund to fight AIDS with (RED). Purchasing one mat is enough to provide 48 hours of lifesaving medicine to someone with AIDS. Smart shopping is literally saving lives.
The Beauty Buff
The Green Life: Natural Beauty
The Green Life’s newly launched beauty line promises 100% natural and non-toxic skin care products. Say goodbye to synthetic, hormone-disrupting ingredients and namaste to high-vibrational, crystal infused formulas that nourish you physically, energetically and spiritually. Hand-crafted in small batches using pure botanical ingredients, this is beauty made with your body, soul and the environment in mind.
Unwrapped: Shampoo & Conditioner Bars
Wrap up some Unwrapped shampoo and conditioner bars. This low-waste hair product brand is dedicated to reducing the dependence of plastic in beauty routines. And don’t be discouraged by their compact size. These bars can last up to 50-75 washes!
The Great Canadian Hemp Co.: Clay Mask
If you think hemp is just a weed, think again! The Great Canadian Hemp Co. uses hemp oil to make sustainable beauty products — like this healing clay mask. Hemp is sustainable because as a crop, it’s able to absorb CO2 at a rapid rate. That’s why this socially responsible company promises to work with Canadian farmers to plant six hemp seeds with each purchase. Give the gift of fresh skin and fresh air!
Plant-Powered Beauty: DIY Beauty Book
Plant-based skin care doesn’t have to come in a tiny, overpriced jar. Plant-Powered Beauty by Amy Galper and Christina Daigneault is full of recipes for homemade natural remedies. It’s a perfect resource for anyone who loves beauty products, but is conscious of the environmental effects that mass-produced beauty care can have on the environment. This gift is the best of both worlds.
(Header image by Kira auf der Heide)